Aztec V Brakes cartridge pads review£12.95

There are plenty of people still using V brakes and needing new pads for them

BikeRadar score4/5

There are plenty of people still using V brakes and needing new pads for them.

In weather as bad as recent months they'll be needing them very regularly too. Aztec have a long and distinguished heritage of producing very fine, long lasting and solidly performing pads and the good news is that things don't seem to have changed. These pads not only have stiff alloy cartridge backing that'll immediately increase power over rubber block pads but they also have a built-in pivot for easy non squeak adjustment. The dual compound pad mix lasts much better than most too, while still providing consistent braking with no snatching or sudden judder.

Guy Kesteven

Freelance Writer, UK
Guy started filling his brain with cycle stats and steaming up bike shop windows back in 1980. He worked the other side of those windows from '89 while getting a degree in “describing broken things covered in mud" (archaeology). Dug historical holes in the ground through the early '90s, then became a pro bike tester in '97. Guy has ridden thousands of bikes and even more components the world over since then and can remember them all in vivid, haunting detail. Can't remember where the car keys are, though.
  • Age: 45
  • Height: 180cm / 5' 11"
  • Weight: 68kg / 150lb
  • Waist: 76cm / 30in
  • Chest: 91cm / 36in
  • Discipline: Strict sadomasochist
  • Preferred Terrain: Technical off-piste singletrack and twisted back roads. Up, down, along — so long as it's faster than the last time he did it he's happy.
  • Current Bikes: An ever changing herd of test machines from Tri bikes to fat bikes and everything in between.
  • Dream Bike: His Nicolai Helius AM custom tandem
  • Beer of Choice: Theakston's Old Peculier (not Peculiar)
  • Location: Yorkshire, UK
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